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Woman 'lucky to be alive' after two days stuck in Australian mine shaft

She tripped and fell down the eight-metre (26-foot) deep shaft while out for a walk.

File photo: Old coal development in an abandoned mine
File photo: Old coal development in an abandoned mine
Image: Vladimir Mulder via Shutterstock

A WOMAN HAS been pulled alive from an abandoned Australian mine shaft where she was trapped in searing heat for two days until a drone found her.

The 26-year-old vanished from her home in Lightning Ridge on Friday after going for a walk, sparking a large-scale search and rescue operation.

She apparently tripped and fell down the eight-metre (26-foot) deep shaft, police said, surviving despite daytime temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius.

“The woman is lucky to be alive after police rescued her from a mine shaft in the state’s north-west,” New South Wales police said.

“She was brought to the surface with the assistance of an officer using a pulley and harness, and provided water.”

The woman, who was found yesterday, was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Lightning Ridge, some 770 kilometres (477 miles) northwest of Sydney, is a world-renowned black opal mining centre, attracting hundreds of fossickers looking to hit the jackpot.

Small-time miners have dug countless vertical shafts in the area, with some dating back decades.

© AFP 2017

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